Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 67732-67734 [2011-28403]

Download as PDF 67732 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 212 / Wednesday, November 2, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2010. The Advisory Group has been established as a non-discretionary Federal advisory committee. The Advisory Group has been established to provide recommendations and advice to the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health (the ‘‘Council’’). The Advisory Group shall provide assistance to the Council in carrying out its mission. The Advisory Group membership shall consist of not more than 25 nonFederal members to be appointed by the President. The membership shall include a diverse group of licensed health professionals, including integrative health practitioners who have expertise in (1) Worksite health promotion; (2) community services, including community health centers; (3) preventive medicine; (4) health coaching; (5) public health education; (6) geriatrics; and (7) rehabilitation medicine. There are currently 17 members of the Advisory Group. This will be the fourth meeting of the Advisory Group. Public attendance at the Web meeting is limited. Members of the public who wish to attend the Web meeting must register by 12 p.m. EST November 17, 2011. Individuals should notify the designated contact to register for public attendance at prevention.council@hhs.gov. Individuals who plan to attend the Web meeting and need special assistance and/or accommodations should notify the designated contact for the Advisory Group. The public will have opportunity to provide electronic written comments to the Advisory Group on November 21, 2011 during the Web meeting. Any member of the public who wishes to have printed material distributed to the Advisory Group for this scheduled Web meeting should submit material to the designated point of contact for the Advisory Group no later than 12 p.m. EST November 10, 2011. Dated: October 24, 2011. Corinne M. Graffunder, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Office of the Surgeon General, Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. [FR Doc. 2011–28422 Filed 11–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Nov 01, 2011 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 3, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Proposed Project Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, AHRQ’s collection of information for the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Nursing Home SOPS) Comparative Database. The Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database consists of data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Nursing homes in the U.S. are asked to voluntarily submit data from the survey to AHRQ through its contractor, Westat. The Nursing Home SOPS Database is modeled after the Hospital SOPS Database [OMB No. 0935–0162, approved 05/04/2010] that was originally developed by AHRQ in 2006 in response to requests from hospitals interested in knowing how their patient PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 safety culture survey results compare to those of other hospitals. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine called for health care organizations to develop a ‘‘culture of safety’’ such that their workforce and processes focus on improving the reliability and safety of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System). To respond to the need for tools to assess patient safety culture in nursing homes, AHRQ developed and pilot tested the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture with OMB approval (OMB No. 0935–0132; Approved July 5, 2007). The survey is designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider and staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical error, and error reporting and includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of patient safety culture. AHRQ released the survey into the public domain along with a Survey User’s Guide and other toolkit materials in November 2008 on the AHRQ Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/ qual/patientsafetyculture/ nhsurvindex.htm). Since its release, the survey has been voluntarily used by hundreds of nursing homes in the U.S. The Nursing Home SOPS and the Comparative Database are supported by AHRQ to meet its goals of promoting improvements in the quality and safety of health care in nursing home settings. The survey, toolkit materials, and preliminary comparative database results are all made available in the public domain along with technical assistance provided by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes, to facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient safety and quality improvement. The goal of this project is to create the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. This database will (1) allow nursing homes to compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other nursing homes; (2) provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process; and (3) provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient safety culture. De-identified data files will also be available to researchers conducting patient safety analysis. The database will include 42 items that measure 12 areas, or composites of patient safety culture. This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, Westat, pursuant to AHRQ’s statutory authority to conduct and support research on healthcare and on systems for the E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 67733 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 212 / Wednesday, November 2, 2011 / Notices delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of healthcare services and with respect to quality measurement and improvement, and database development. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2), and (a)(8). Method of Collection To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and data collections will be implemented: (1) Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form—The purpose of this form is to determine the eligibility status and initiate the registration process for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. The nursing home (or parent organization) point of contact (POC) will complete the form. The POC is either a corporate level health care manager for a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey vendor who contracts with a nursing home to collect their data, or a nursing home Director of Nursing or nurse manager. Many nursing homes are part of a QIO or larger nursing home or health system that includes many nursing home sites. (2) Data Use Agreement—The purpose of this form is to obtain authorization from nursing homes to use their voluntarily submitted NH SOPS data for analysis and reporting according to the terms specified in the Data Use Agreement (DUA). The nursing home POC will complete the form. (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form — The purpose of this form is to obtain basic information about the characteristics of the nursing homes submitting their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database (e.g., bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The nursing home POC will complete the form. (4) Data Submission—After the nursing home POC has completed the Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form, the Data Use Agreement and the Nursing Home Site Information Form, they will submit their data from the NH SOPS to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. Data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture are used to produce three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database Report that is produced periodically and made available in the public domain on the AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/ nhsurveyll/nhsurv111.pdf for the 2011 report); (2) Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that are confidential, customized reports produced for each nursing home that submits data to the database; and (3) Research data sets of staff-level and nursing home-level deidentified data that enable researchers to conduct additional analyses. Estimated Annual Respondent Burden Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the nursing home to participate in the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database. The POC completes a number of data submission steps and forms, beginning with completion of the online Nursing Home SOPS Database Eligibility and Registration form and Data Use Agreement, which will be completed for 85 nursing homes or groups of affiliated nursing homes annually. The Nursing Home Site Information Form will be completed for each individual nursing home; since each POC represents an average of 5 nursing homes a total of 425 Information Forms will be completed annually and requires about 5 minutes to complete. The POC will submit data for all of the nursing homes they represent which will take about 5 and 1⁄2 hours, including the amount of time POCs typically spend deciding whether to participate in the database and preparing their materials and data set for submission to the database, and performing the submission. The total annual burden hours are estimated to be 511. Nursing homes administer the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture on a periodic basis. Hospitals submitting to the Hospital SOPS Comparative Database administer the survey every 16 months on average. Similarly, the number of nursing home submissions to the database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not administer the survey and submit data every year. The 85 respondents/ POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an estimate of nursing homes submitting data in the coming years, with the following assumptions: • 30 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each • 5 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes each • 50 independent nursing homes submitting on their own behalf ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED BURDEN HOURS Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Number of responses per POC Hours per response Total burden hours Eligibility/Registration Forms ........................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................. Data Submission .............................................................................. 85 85 85 85 1 1 5 1 3/60 3/60 5/60 5.5 4 4 35 468 Total .......................................................................................... 340 NA NA 511 emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the respondents’ time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to be $21,152 annually. EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COSY BURDEN Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Eligibility/Registration Forms ........................................................... Data Use Agreement ....................................................................... Nursing Home Site Information Form .............................................. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Nov 01, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Total burden hours 85 85 85 Sfmt 4703 Average hourly wage rate* 4 4 35 E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM $41.39 41.39 41.39 02NON1 Total cost burden $166 166 1,449 67734 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 212 / Wednesday, November 2, 2011 / Notices EXHIBIT 2—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COSY BURDEN—Continued Number of respondents/ POCs Form name Total burden hours Average hourly wage rate* Total cost burden Data Submission .............................................................................. 85 468 41.39 19,371 Total .......................................................................................... 340 511 NA 21,152 * The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Bureau o Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are located at http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics4 623100.htm and http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics2 62.htm. The hourly wage of $41.39 is the weighted mean of $41.94 (General and Operations Managers; N = 25), $37.29 (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 25), $42.89 (General and Operations Managers; N = 30) and $50.00 (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 5). Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government The estimated annualized cost to the government for developing, maintaining, and managing the database and analyzing the data and producing reports is shown below. The cost is estimated to be $310,000 annually. The total cost over the three years of this information collection request is $930,000. EXHIBIT 3—ESTIMATED ANNUALIZED COST Cost component Total cost Annualized cost Project Development ............................................................................................................................... Data Collection Activities ......................................................................................................................... Data Processing and Analysis ................................................................................................................. Publication of Results .............................................................................................................................. Project Management ................................................................................................................................ Overhead ................................................................................................................................................. $59,715 82,107 111,963 111,966 7,464 556,785 $19,905 27,369 37,321 37,322 2,488 185,595 Total .................................................................................................................................................. 930,000 310,000 emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Request for Comments In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ’s information collection are requested with regard to any of the following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ healthcare research and healthcare information dissemination functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ’s estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and included in the Agency’s subsequent request for OMB approval of the proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: October 25, 2011. Carolyn M. Clancy, Director. [FR Doc. 2011–28403 Filed 11–1–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–90–M VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Nov 01, 2011 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ‘‘MEPS Cancer Self Administrated Questionnaire.’’ In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 3, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at dorislefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 can be obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer, (301) 427–1477, or by email at doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Project MEPS Cancer SAQ The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a nationally representative survey of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of all ages in the United States that collects comprehensive data on health care and health care expenditures from all payors (including private payors, Medicaid, the VA, and out-of-pocket) over a two-year period. The MEPS has been conducted annually since 1996. The OMB Control Number for the MEPS is 0935–0118, with an expiration date of January 31st, 2013. All of the supporting documents for the MEPS can be downloaded from http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=2009100935-001. The purpose of this request is to integrate the new self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) entitled, ‘‘Experiences with Cancer,’’ into the MEPS. Once the SAQ is integrated it will be completed by MEPS participants identified as ever having cancer. The E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection 
project: ``Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative 
Database.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 
3501-3521, AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed 
information collection.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 3, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be submitted to: Doris Lefkowitz, 
Reports Clearance Officer, AHRQ, by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.
    Copies of the proposed collection plans, data collection 
instruments, and specific details on the estimated burden can be 
obtained from the AHRQ Reports Clearance Officer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lefkowitz, AHRQ Reports 
Clearance Officer, (301) 427-1477, or by email at 
doris.lefkowitz@AHRQ.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed Project

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture Comparative Database

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) requests that 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, AHRQ's collection of information for the AHRQ 
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Nursing Home SOPS) 
Comparative Database. The Nursing Home SOPS Comparative Database 
consists of data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety 
Culture. Nursing homes in the U.S. are asked to voluntarily submit data 
from the survey to AHRQ through its contractor, Westat. The Nursing 
Home SOPS Database is modeled after the Hospital SOPS Database [OMB No. 
0935-0162, approved 05/04/2010] that was originally developed by AHRQ 
in 2006 in response to requests from hospitals interested in knowing 
how their patient safety culture survey results compare to those of 
other hospitals.
    In 1999, the Institute of Medicine called for health care 
organizations to develop a ``culture of safety'' such that their 
workforce and processes focus on improving the reliability and safety 
of care for patients (IOM, 1999; To Err is Human: Building a Safer 
Health System). To respond to the need for tools to assess patient 
safety culture in nursing homes, AHRQ developed and pilot tested the 
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture with OMB approval (OMB 
No. 0935-0132; Approved July 5, 2007).
    The survey is designed to enable nursing homes to assess provider 
and staff opinions about patient safety issues, medical error, and 
error reporting and includes 42 items that measure 12 dimensions of 
patient safety culture. AHRQ released the survey into the public domain 
along with a Survey User's Guide and other toolkit materials in 
November 2008 on the AHRQ Web site (located at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/patientsafetyculture/nhsurvindex.htm). Since its release, the 
survey has been voluntarily used by hundreds of nursing homes in the 
U.S.
    The Nursing Home SOPS and the Comparative Database are supported by 
AHRQ to meet its goals of promoting improvements in the quality and 
safety of health care in nursing home settings. The survey, toolkit 
materials, and preliminary comparative database results are all made 
available in the public domain along with technical assistance provided 
by AHRQ through its contractor at no charge to nursing homes, to 
facilitate the use of these materials for nursing home patient safety 
and quality improvement.
    The goal of this project is to create the Nursing Home SOPS 
Comparative Database. This database will (1) allow nursing homes to 
compare their patient safety culture survey results with those of other 
nursing homes; (2) provide data to nursing homes to facilitate internal 
assessment and learning in the patient safety improvement process; and 
(3) provide supplemental information to help nursing homes identify 
their strengths and areas with potential for improvement in patient 
safety culture. De-identified data files will also be available to 
researchers conducting patient safety analysis. The database will 
include 42 items that measure 12 areas, or composites of patient safety 
culture.
    This study is being conducted by AHRQ through its contractor, 
Westat, pursuant to AHRQ's statutory authority to conduct and support 
research on healthcare and on systems for the

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delivery of such care, including activities with respect to the 
quality, effectiveness, efficiency, appropriateness and value of 
healthcare services and with respect to quality measurement and 
improvement, and database development. 42 U.S.C. 299a(a)(1) and (2), 
and (a)(8).

Method of Collection

    To achieve the goal of this project the following activities and 
data collections will be implemented:
    (1) Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form--The purpose of 
this form is to determine the eligibility status and initiate the 
registration process for nursing homes seeking to voluntarily submit 
their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database. The nursing 
home (or parent organization) point of contact (POC) will complete the 
form. The POC is either a corporate level health care manager for a 
Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a survey vendor who contracts 
with a nursing home to collect their data, or a nursing home Director 
of Nursing or nurse manager. Many nursing homes are part of a QIO or 
larger nursing home or health system that includes many nursing home 
sites.
    (2) Data Use Agreement--The purpose of this form is to obtain 
authorization from nursing homes to use their voluntarily submitted NH 
SOPS data for analysis and reporting according to the terms specified 
in the Data Use Agreement (DUA). The nursing home POC will complete the 
form.
    (3) Nursing Home Site Information Form -- The purpose of this form 
is to obtain basic information about the characteristics of the nursing 
homes submitting their NH SOPS data to the NH SOPS Comparative Database 
(e.g., bed size, urbanicity, ownership, and geographic region). The 
nursing home POC will complete the form.
    (4) Data Submission--After the nursing home POC has completed the 
Nursing Home Eligibility and Registration Form, the Data Use Agreement 
and the Nursing Home Site Information Form, they will submit their data 
from the NH SOPS to the NH SOPS Comparative Database.
    Data from the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture 
are used to produce three types of products: (1) A Nursing Home SOPS 
Comparative Database Report that is produced periodically and made 
available in the public domain on the AHRQ Web site (see http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nhsurveyll/nhsurv111.pdf for the 2011 report); (2) 
Nursing Home Survey Feedback Reports that are confidential, customized 
reports produced for each nursing home that submits data to the 
database; and (3) Research data sets of staff-level and nursing home-
level de-identified data that enable researchers to conduct additional 
analyses.

Estimated Annual Respondent Burden

    Exhibit 1 shows the estimated annualized burden hours for the 
nursing home to participate in the Nursing Home SOPS Comparative 
Database. The POC completes a number of data submission steps and 
forms, beginning with completion of the online Nursing Home SOPS 
Database Eligibility and Registration form and Data Use Agreement, 
which will be completed for 85 nursing homes or groups of affiliated 
nursing homes annually. The Nursing Home Site Information Form will be 
completed for each individual nursing home; since each POC represents 
an average of 5 nursing homes a total of 425 Information Forms will be 
completed annually and requires about 5 minutes to complete. The POC 
will submit data for all of the nursing homes they represent which will 
take about 5 and \1/2\ hours, including the amount of time POCs 
typically spend deciding whether to participate in the database and 
preparing their materials and data set for submission to the database, 
and performing the submission. The total annual burden hours are 
estimated to be 511.
    Nursing homes administer the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient 
Safety Culture on a periodic basis. Hospitals submitting to the 
Hospital SOPS Comparative Database administer the survey every 16 
months on average. Similarly, the number of nursing home submissions to 
the database is likely to vary each year because nursing homes do not 
administer the survey and submit data every year. The 85 respondents/
POCs shown in Exhibit 1 are based on an estimate of nursing homes 
submitting data in the coming years, with the following assumptions:
     30 POCs for QIOs submitting on behalf of 10 nursing homes 
each
     5 POCs for vendors outside of QIOs submitting on behalf of 
10 nursing homes each
     50 independent nursing homes submitting on their own 
behalf

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                                              Number of         Number of
                Form name                   respondents/      responses per       Hours per       Total burden
                                                POCs               POC            response            hours
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Eligibility/Registration Forms..........                85                 1              3/60                 4
Data Use Agreement......................                85                 1              3/60                 4
Nursing Home Site Information Form......                85                 5              5/60                35
Data Submission.........................                85                 1               5.5               468
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    Total...............................               340                NA                NA               511
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    Exhibit 2 shows the estimated annualized cost burden based on the 
respondents' time to submit their data. The cost burden is estimated to 
be $21,152 annually.

                                   Exhibit 2--Estimated Annualized Cosy Burden
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                                              Number of       Total burden     Average hourly      Total cost
                Form name                 respondents/POCs        hours          wage rate*          burden
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Eligibility/Registration Forms..........                85                 4            $41.39              $166
Data Use Agreement......................                85                 4             41.39               166
Nursing Home Site Information Form......                85                35             41.39             1,449

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Data Submission.........................                85               468             41.39            19,371
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    Total...............................               340               511                NA            21,152
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* The wage rate in Exhibit 2 is based on May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage
  Estimates Bureau o Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept of Labor. Mean hourly wages for nursing home POCs are located
  at http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics4 623100.htm and http://www.bls.gov/oes/2009/may/naics2 62.htm. The
  hourly wage of $41.39 is the weighted mean of $41.94 (General and Operations Managers; N = 25), $37.29
  (Medical and Health Services Managers; N = 25), $42.89 (General and Operations Managers; N = 30) and $50.00
  (Computer and Information Systems Managers; N = 5).

Estimated Annual Costs to the Federal Government

    The estimated annualized cost to the government for developing, 
maintaining, and managing the database and analyzing the data and 
producing reports is shown below. The cost is estimated to be $310,000 
annually. The total cost over the three years of this information 
collection request is $930,000.

                  Exhibit 3--Estimated Annualized Cost
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         Cost component               Total cost        Annualized cost
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Project Development.............             $59,715             $19,905
Data Collection Activities......              82,107              27,369
Data Processing and Analysis....             111,963              37,321
Publication of Results..........             111,966              37,322
Project Management..............               7,464               2,488
Overhead........................             556,785             185,595
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    Total.......................             930,000             310,000
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Request for Comments

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on AHRQ's 
information collection are requested with regard to any of the 
following: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of AHRQ healthcare research and 
healthcare information dissemination functions, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of AHRQ's 
estimate of burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed 
collection(s) of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information upon the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and included in the Agency's subsequent request for OMB approval of the 
proposed information collection. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: October 25, 2011.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2011-28403 Filed 11-1-11; 8:45 am]
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